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MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/7/13 6:13 P

I have only been doing Zumba since January, it has been the most beneficial for me, I have built more muscle mass with it then I did when I was doing P90X. I have just added two days a week of strength training, but have only been doing this for two weeks. During the summer I will most likely do less Zumba and a lot more walking and hiking, however Zumba has been the one program I have been able to stick with the best mostly because it is one of the few programs I actually enjoy doing. Our instructor will be getting certified to do strength training routines in august, which will be a great addition, she is also really good at changing up the routines and moves to help keep our bodies guessing.
How do you go about getting your body composition measured?

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/7/13 10:58 A

You mentioned Zumba, but are you doing any strength training? Also, if you have been doing Zumba awhile, your body may have adapted so you are burning far less calories than you did during your first year. Perhaps you could try some new activities. I've had good success with interval and circuit training.

Also, you may want to have your body composition measured. To me, that number is far more significant than BMI, which does not give you an accurate picture of your fat to muscle ratio. As women age, we lose an average of 5 percent of our muscle mass every 10 years after the age of 35 if we don't actively intervene. Zumba is good for cardio and endurance but does not promote muscle growth. Since muscle burns calories at rest, it is crucial we maintain as much as possible. If you don't, you could maintain the same weight but your body requires fewer calories. Eating the same amount of calories at 40 as you did at 35 will result in weight gain over time.

MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 5:34 P

I am 47 years old, 5ft 5in and weigh 166 lbs my BMI is 27.7. I am wanting to lose around 24 more pounds or at least fit into a size 8 pants not looking just to lose but to tone up as well so the actual final weight will depend on how many inches I lose. If I fit into a size 8 before the last 24 I will be happy with the results. I really think I have not been taking in enough calories it makes since as to why I am always hungry and I do not feel satisfied even after eating a full meal. My body has probably been trying to tell something. Over the next week I will increase my eating, wisely, and see what happens.


Edited by: MJELLY at: 4/6/2013 (17:36)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,140)
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4/6/13 3:56 P

MJELLY,

I know weight loss seems daunting, but don't give up !

Could you tell us a bit more about yourself ? How tall are you ? How much do you currently weigh ? How much are you trying to lose ? Depending on your current height and weight, the reason you might not be losing is because you don't need to lose. The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the longer it takes to lose. Ask any member trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it's slow going.

So, don't assume something must be wrong because you're not losing as fast as you think you should be losing. If your BMI is in a healthy range, say 21-25 or even around 25-27, that's a fairly healthy weight range.

If you could tell us a bit more about yourself, we could be more helpful. Right now, we're just taking educated guesses.



MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 3:53 P

I do track, and I have been to the doctor for blood work, there is nothing wrong, I think it is probably more I am not taking in enough calories.

VELVETMERLIN Posts: 229
4/6/13 3:07 P

Are you tracking what you eat? I will have to say that I have been eating better (or so I thought) since February 1st and I didn't see ANY difference, and I kept blaming my thyroid, which I do have a problem with. I have tracked before and I thought I knew what I was eating so I didn't bother this time. Nothing happened, even though I was exercising. A couple weeks ago I decided to start tracking again because I was getting fed up. Needless to say, that first week was a real eye opener; I've been down this road many times so I really thought I had it together. I was able to find my weak spots and since last Saturday I've been eating a lot healthier and I even added in strength training (which I was being totally lazy about). BIG difference; the fat is finally starting to move on. I still had a couple of donuts but it wasn't a must-have like before and I even made a pot of brownies three days ago, which I barely touched (I had on1/4 of a brownie this a.m. when my sister woke me up), and I have no desire to eat any more of them.

Don't give up. You can do it! I know it's easier to say when it's not you going through it, but we've all been there.

The only other thing I can recommend is to up your calories and if neither suggestion works, maybe go to your doctor and have blood work done.

MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 2:53 P

Changing my information did not change anything, therefore, I changed my target goal and it did change, I hope this helps but honestly I am concerned with eating more since every time I do I quickly start to gain the weight back, but I am exercising more so maybe . Thank you for the help.


SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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4/6/13 2:43 P

Hi,

The calories are set by the website, however, if you are getting a prompt that you are expending more calories than you have listed--you can go to your Start Page and in the Calories burn section there is a change link...click that link and you will be brought to a new page to plug in your new information. HOWEVER, your calorie range may not change if you are close to your goal weight or you have an aggressive time frame to meet your goal weight.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 2:39 P

I thought the calories were set by the site, how do I know what to change them too.


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4/6/13 2:30 P

Hi MJELLY,

While I can understand your frustration, remember that healthy living is a life-long journey. You don't have to deprive yourself of enjoying the foods you enjoy from time to time, nor do you need to spend lots of time working out. If you are burning beyond your goal week after week, it could be that your body is not getting enough calories to support your basic biological functions, much less your recovery and muscle repair that come from expending that many calories. If you have not changed you calories burn goal, you may want to do so and see if that changes your calorie range. You can do so from your Start Page under the Calories burn category.

Coach Nancy

MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 1:32 P

Those 26 six pounds came in the first year, which was actually 30 but I gained some back. I have changed my exercise, and my eating multiple times, but it seems to do nothing, I enjoy my morning Zumba classes and plan to continue them. What are macronutrients.


BUNNYVUNE Posts: 110
4/6/13 1:27 P

You've lost a quarter of a pound a week. That sounds a lot better than continuously gaining for 2 years. Instead of cutting calories and exercising well beyond the energy you're consuming, try fueling your workouts. Work out differently. Eat different proportions of macronutrients. I'm assuming you still have a significant amount to lose. If you don't you're weight loss is right on track.

Just don't stop. You'll only want to start again once you gain a zillion pounds back.

MJELLY SparkPoints: (3,965)
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4/6/13 1:01 P

After two years and a measly 26 pounds I am ready to stop stressing myself, I can not cut anymore then I have, I exercise and burn beyond my goals and yet week after week I see no results in pounds or inches, really beginning to think why bother.

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